The Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy aims to promote independent critical thinking in the transformative Socratic tradition. SFCP has an international outlook and engages with others in dialogue and activities about ethical issues and the challenges of personal and public life.

About Us

SFCP was founded in 1940 and aims to promote the practice of critical philosophy through the linked activities of education and scholarship, and through training in and application of Socratic Dialogue. SFCP creates opportunities to discuss such questions as: What is the role of civil society in a modern democracy, and of individuals in the modern state? How can we build a common identity in today’s fragmented societies? How might dialogue be used as a tool to foster understanding both within and between nations and cultures?



Recent event: SD in London on the topic: “Figures good or bad, how far can the mathematisation/measurement of human life go?”

Facilitator: Dr. Horst Gronke


Facilitator training 2013

Facilitators receiving their certificates of participation and attendance

Trustees and Associates

Charity No. 313712

Prof. Mike Cook, Chair
Dr. Michael Strain, Secretary
Angella Hodgson, Facilitator Training Co-ordinator
Dame Tamsyn Imison, Past Chair
Dorothy Moir
Jayne Crowe

Honorary Fellows
Dr. Rene Branton-Saran
Prof. Fernando Leal
Dr. Patricia Shipley

Training Consultants
Dr. Dieter Krohn
Kirsten Malmquist

Keith Martin

Financial Adviser
Kate Nathoo

International Socratic Groups:
Philosophical-Political Academy (PPA)
Society of Socratic Facilitators (GSP)

Upcoming events and news:

SFCP Charity Marathon

Look out for our runner Dave Pitt, who will be running for SFCP in this years London Marathon. Any monies raised will be used to support and grow our Socratic Dialogue facilitator base. Training to become a Socratic Dialogue facilitator requires individuals to take part in a number of Socratic Dialogues, they then undertake a training course that includes both theory and practice. The training course can take up to two years to complete and does require a big commitment from those wishing to become trained facilitators. If you would like to make a donation please do so via the charity page on the ‘my donate’ website.

2016 Southend SDs

November 12th, Saturday, 9:30 AM – 16:30 PM

Facilitator: Jayne Crowe

Venue: Southend on Sea

You can download the events flyer here: Southend SD Flyer 2016

For further information please contact Pat Wood (

2016 Programme of SDs in Germany

Please click here to download the programme in a .pdf file.

If you would like to participate, please use this enrolment form.


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